Sam is a twenty-eight-year old man who has lately been drinking a lot. He is also seeing a counselor, whom he told
that his alcohol consumption has increased because he wants to regain the buzz in his life. He confessed that all his attempts to go without drinking had failed in only about four day of remaining sober. He also mentioned that when he attempted to refrain from drinking, he experienced mood swings, stomach irritation, and sleeplessness, but denied having tremors or shakes. However, Sam denied undergoing any prior treatment for alcoholism.
Sam told his counselor that he recently broke up with girlfriend after he had two nearly fatal car accidents in the last six months. Both happened because he had been drinking heavily. However, Sam believes that their breakup was a result of his girlfriend overreacting after the accidents. Sam knows that he was a teenager when he lost his father due to alcoholism and that his uncle is feeling serious medical complications due to his drinking.
Using the South University Online Library, research further on addiction. Based on your research, understanding, and the given Scenario, answer the following:
Using the DSM-5 criterion, what would Sam's diagnosis be? What intensity level (I.e., mild, moderate, or severe) would he be? Be sure to explain the diagnosis fully, including the concepts of withdrawal, tolerance, physical dependence, comorbidity, and psychological dependence.
Sam suffers from alcohol use disorder. This disorder can be characterized by tolerance to alcohol (needing more and... View the full answer